Learn How to Avoid Scams

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy South Carolina is still reeling from a 2012 state government security breach that exposed about 3.8 million tax returns. AARP South Carolina and the Spartanburg County Public Safety Office are cosponsoring a free shredding event April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 150 S. Church St. in Spartanburg. People in any state and of any age can turn to the AARP Fraud Watch Network to learn about scams emerging close to home and how to fight back. To sign …

Supporting Family Caregivers

Supporting Family Caregivers

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy The Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA) is requesting $4.7 million in the fiscal year 2014-15 state budget to serve needy seniors in their homes and $3 million in ongoing resources for respite services for caregivers.    The House adopted version of the budget provides a large portion of this funding; $3 million for HCBS services and $2 million for respite services. Why are these funds needed?  The programs and services provided by the LGOA are designed to allow seniors to …

Taking Action at the State House

Posted on 03/17/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy Funding for Home and Community Based Services is #1 Priority for AARP SC Home and community based services (HCBS) prevent or delay frail seniors and persons with disabilities from being admitted to nursing homes.  Services include such assistance as personal care aides, adult day services, transportation, home-delivered meals, congregate meals, nutrition education, respite care and other services. The Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging requested $4.7 million in the fiscal year 2014-15 state budget to serve needy seniors in their homes.  …

Simplifying Your Electric Bill

Simplifying Your Electric Bill

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy   By Linda H. Lamb South Carolina weather can be extreme, from a historic low of minus 19 degrees to an all-time high of 113. Electric bills can fluctuate as wildly as the thermometer, but a billing program offered by South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) aims to smooth out the highs and lows to help consumers. AARP South Carolina is helping to promote the practice, called Budget Billing. Ann Maletic, 58, a retired state government program manager, said she …

Patient Safety Seminar Monday

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy There is still time to register for the Patient Safety Seminar on Monday, February 17.  Below is the agenda and lets you know who the speakers will be. Walk-up registration is free and you can do that beginning at 1:15 on Monday. The event will be held at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle which is off of Pickens and Blossom Streets near the University of South Carolina campus. Parking is also free. 1:30pm Introductions and Welcome – Mary Kessler, …

Ethics Reform News Conference Statement

Posted on 01/16/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy AARP South Carolina Statement on Ethics Reform Patrick Cobb, AARP South Carolina spokesman “On behalf of AARP South Carolina, a nonpartisan organization that does not endorse candidates, I would like to thank Senator Larry Martin for his work to move ethics reform forward in the Senate.  We have over 580,000 members in SC.  We recently conducted a very informal survey of AARP members in the state.  541 surveys were completed via Survey Monkey. This survey was not intended to a …